Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre


Popcorn Hat Players (PHP) Children’s Theatre has been entertaining children and their families since 1993, bringing fairy tales, folk tales and fables to new audiences every year. Using creative comedy and improvisation, the Players write original adaptations and breathe new life into unforgettable stories. PHP presents 7 mainstage productions each year at Gamut Theatre, and takes 2 productions on tour from rural areas to inner-city venues.

The Popcorn Hat Players are consistently named “Simply the Best” Children’s Entertainment by the readers of Harrisburg Magazine, and was the only arts group named in the Top Ten Most Innovative Non-Profits in Central Pennsylvania, as determined by the Central PA Business Journal for its ground-breaking Theatre Alive! program in the inner-city schools.

All Public Popcorn Hat Performances are on Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
Check below for upcoming performances. 

 Wednesday and Thursday matinee performances are for groups of 20 or more and must be scheduled at least one week in advance. For scheduling, please contact our Resident Theatre Manager at the Box Office (717-238-4111)
for more information. 

Sleeping Beauty - September 11-28, 2019

Loosely based on the beloved classic, this adaptation will have you “spinning” with laughter. Join our bumbling and fumbling Narrator-Turned-Prince, as he tries his best to rise to heroic heights to save the Princess and the sleeping village caught in the spell cast by Fairy Sour Puss! Modern word play and audience participation make this story a sure hit with the entire kingdom.

Three Billy Goats Gruff - March 11-28, 2020

“Who’s that clomping on my bridge?!” Watch this not-so-scary bridge troll as he tries to file a police report against some very silly goats. This “crime drama” is performed in the style of the classic TV show, Dragnet . Join Detective Saturday as he gathers the facts and solves the crime. He may be super serious, but you’ll be laughing from start to finish!

Wonder Tales From Around the World - May 6-16, 2020

An original comedy exploring folk tales from all over the world, featuring 4 different stories from Africa, the Middle East, Ireland, and Native America. This multi-cultural show stresses the importance of reading and uses volunteers from the audience to add variety and spice to the stories!

Snow White - July 8-August 15th, 2020

“Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Obsessed with being the fairest in the land, the Evil Queen banishes young Snow White to the forest to fend for herself. Snow White happens upon a little cottage in the woods where she finds two dwarfs… Wait, what?? Yep, that’s TWO dwarfs! Will the Queen eliminate Snow White before the valiant Prince finds her? Can the dwarfs keep her safe? It’s a race to the finish to see who wins in this classic tale told with a Popcorn Hat twist!


Adult/Child: $10 each
Groups of 20-49: $7 each
Groups of 50+: $6 each

All Popcorn Hat Players Performances are General Admission Seating

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Box Office
Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., at 717-238-4111 or by emailing

Tickets will be available online for all performances up until 2 hours before show time. At that time, ticket sales will temporarily close. Tickets will be available at the Box Office 30 minutes before show time. 


Upcoming Performances